Japanese company Mitsubishi (MC) is set to win a contract worth roughly JPY30bn ($267m) for the supply of new rolling stock for the Manila Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line-1 in the Philippines.
The contract is to be awarded by the Department of Transportation of the Philippines and will be funded under a Japanese ODA Loan Agreement that was previously signed between the governments of the two countries.
MC will supply a total of 30 train sets under the initiative, which will be constructed by Spain-based Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) and equipped with Japanese components.
The train sets are scheduled to be supplied over a period ranging from the end of 2020 to the beginning of 2022.
Each of the contracted locomotives are intended for operation along the 20km elevated metro line LRT Line-1 that connects the north and south regions of Metro Manila.
The line will also include a 12km-long extension further south to Cavite Province, which is currently under construction.
The new fleet is expected to help the city’s transportation department to manage the increasing passenger traffic in the area, as well as assist in tackling air pollution and road traffic congestion in Metro Manila.
Rolling stock manufacturer CAF has previously supplied railcars to a variety of different markets, including North, Central and South America, as well as Asia and Oceania.
In addition to the Philippines development, MC and CAF have also collaborated on a number of initiatives such as rolling stock supply for the Turkey’s Istanbul Metro and the concession for the Canberra Light Rail Transit project in Australia.